Isla de las Muñecas, Mexico

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Is there anything creepier than dolls? How about disused dolls that hang from trees a metro ride away from Mexico City? This disturbing island, Island of the Dolls, actually has a point. Xochimilco, in Mexico City’s suburbs, was once a center of agriculture. According to legend, a young girl drowned in the lake that the canals used to be. From there, a man named Don Julian Santana then dedicated his life to honoring this lost little girl. He left teddy bears and dolls on trees for her and eventually, they took over the whole island. In 2001, Santana then drowned in the same area as he was sure the little girl had. He left behind all of the dolls that are said to contain the spirit of the girl… and maybe, now, also him.


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